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Grant Writing For Dummies, 6th Edition



Grant Writing For Dummies, 6th Edition

Beverly A. Browning

ISBN: 978-1-119-28013-2 September 2016 336 Pages

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Your go-to guide for getting that coveted grant

Though hundreds of thousands of grant opportunities exist, finding the right one can be a challenge. Grant Writing For Dummies, 6th Edition offers expert guidance for locating available grants, carefully applying, and ultimately winning a grant. From writing compelling applications to properly adhering to strict guidelines and parameters, it takes the intimidation out of the process and shows you how to increase your ability to get a piece of the billion-dollar pie for your non-profit or for-profit organization. You’ll even have access to sample applications, letters, and budgets online to help you stand out from the competition.

As the amount of established granting foundations increases, so does the amount of money available. But for most grant-seekers, the application process can be long, tedious, and highly competitive. Packed with step-by-step instructions for registering with, up-to-date grant opportunities available via newly created websites and online databases, updated resources and best practices—and more—Grant Writing For Dummies is your all-encompassing guide to navigating the entire grant-writing process.

  • Find grant opportunities in the public or private sector
  • Create strong statements of need tailored for your prospects
  • Navigate federal regulations
  • Apply for grants online

If you’re ready to create powerful, successful applications and proposals that convey your need for grant funding, help is a page away!

Introduction 1

Part 1: Getting Started with Grant Writing 5

CHAPTER 1: Grant-Writing Basics 7

CHAPTER 2: Preparing for the World of Grant Seeking 23

CHAPTER 3: Understanding What It Takes to Get Funded 35

Part 2: Digging Up Grant-Funding Opportunities 47

CHAPTER 4: Wading into Public-Sector Grants 49

CHAPTER 5: Navigating the Gateway 63

CHAPTER 6: Researching Potential Private-Sector Funders 75

CHAPTER 7: Finding What’s Available for Individuals and Businesses 89

CHAPTER 8: Identifying Funds for Nongovernmental Organizations 97

Part 3: Maximizing Your Chances of Winning a Grant Award 103

CHAPTER 9: Finding Federal Grant Opportunities That Fit Your Needs 105

CHAPTER 10: Winning with Peer Reviews 119

CHAPTER 11: Resuscitating Your Writing 135

Part 4: Following the Funder’s Guidelines 145

CHAPTER 12: Preparing Preliminary Documents 147

CHAPTER 13: Developing the Organizational Capability Boilerplate Narrative 161

CHAPTER 14: Validating Your Needs with a Compelling Narrative 173

CHAPTER 15: Using Best Practices to Build the Program Design Narrative 185

CHAPTER 16: Crafting Your Proposed Project Management Team Narrative 209

CHAPTER 17: Creating a Budget That Includes All the Funding You Need 223

Part 5: Triple-Checking Your Application, Submitting, and Following Up 245

CHAPTER 18: Checking Off the Mandatory Requirements 247

CHAPTER 19: Knowing What to Do after Submitting Your Application 261

CHAPTER 20: Winning or Losing: What’s Next? 271

CHAPTER 21: Requesting Matching Funds and Other Goodies from Corporate Grant Makers 281

Part 6: The Part of Tens 291

CHAPTER 22: Ten e-Grant Tips 293

CHAPTER 23: Ten Steps to Becoming a Grant-Writing Consultant 299

CHAPTER 24: Ten Ways to Continue Building Your Grant-Writing Skills 305

Index 309